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and Omarion are giving fans a chance to win an all-inclusive, romantic get-a-away courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony BMG; Will Smith tells the New York Post he’s willing to join the presidential campaign of Barack Obama and appear at various stops along the trail, a la Oprah Winfrey; “R. Kelly is currently facing 14 federal counts of child molestation. Why is the church not giving aid and comfort to the victims of sexual assaults?” asks activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE in a statement; Usher’s brother JLack, best known for producing Lloyd’s No. 2 single “Get It Shorty,” has just signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing; Upcoming NBC competition has singer Patti LaBelle is stressed out over cutting bad singers; Keenen Ivory, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are in the headlines again with the announcement of a new spoof movie that targets the cop/action genre; Erykah Badu has announced that her new double album, due February 26, via Universal Motown, will be titled “Nu AmErykah”; New York City police believe that a crew under rap star Fabolous is responsible for the recent robberies of several high-profile celebrities, including former New York Giants cornerback Frank Walker, NBA guard Sebastian Telfair and boxer Zab Judah; Lavell Crawford, the portly comic who placed second on the most recent season of NBC’s reality competition “The Last Comic Standing,” has just been signed to a talent holding deal with NBC Universal. Get all the details. 

Producer, recording artist and actor Queen Latifah is making certain that everyone knows there are no impending nuptials. Especially great press-buzz when you have a movie coming out. She and co-star Gabrielle Union will be on The View today. 

Programs like “Baisden After Dark,” a late-night talk-variety series featuring Michael Baisden, known as the Bad Boy of radio, and “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin,” a cooking show with the black celebrity chef, a “clean” comedy competition, “Who’s Got Jokes,” with the comedian Bill Bellamy as host, and “Sharp Talk With Al Sharpton,” a talk show set in a Brooklyn barbershop all flow from TV One, the cable channel with that sassy “I See Black People” advertising campaign. The NY Times writer Jamie Rector goes on to diss BET in the process. 

Bah, humbug to Christmas gift-giving. ‘My friends Grace, Jen and Heidi have come up with an alternative — a fierce holiday competition to create the perfect homemade gift.” 

Latino Review reports that John Singleton has come aboard to direct Fox’s big screen adaptation of 80’s TV classic “The A-Team”. 

As the Writers Guild strike continues, networks are refunding advertisers while late-night talkshows are way down in ratings. Time to buy a DVD player if you haven’t already.  

Happy birthday to Sheila E. (50), Dionne Warwick (56), and Joe Williams (89).  

There’s a reason a lot of workers dread holiday parties and it’s because “fun” and “making sure you can continue to pay your bills” rarely mix in a copasetic manner. You’re going to have to show up, and you’ll have to clean up your mess if you blow it. But eWEEK strives to make this a lot less daunting with by leading you through a guided tour of the things you should not do. 

“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.” [Arab Proverb] 

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